Live Photos & Reviews

Photos and reviews of live events around Kansas City and Lawrence.

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Review: Middle of the Map Fest 2016 – Thursday Recap

Middle of the Map is back again for 2016 and the lineup is better than ever. Featuring a huge roster of top-quality local bands and multiple fantastic national (and international) acts make this year’s edition maybe the best one yet? Here’s some of what happened on Thursday, day number two of the festival: Psychic Heat […]

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Battles In The North: Abbath Live in Lawrence, KS 04/06/16

One of the most consistent heavy metal tours year in and year out is the Decibel Magazine tour. In the past, it’s featured heavy hitters such as At The Gates, Converge, Carcass and Behemoth. However, 2016′s edition may have outdone every past iteration. This varied-yet-unbearbly heavy tour landed at the Granada in Lawrence on Wednesday […]

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Death Walking Terror: Cannibal Corpse Live in Lawrence, KS 02/25/16

The only things guaranteed in life seem to be death, taxes and solid performances from Florida death metal bands. Seminal extreme music group Cannibal Corpse, no stranger to the area, led a bill stuffed full of death metal to a near-capacity crowd at the Granada in Lawrence on Thursday night. One of America’s longest-running death […]

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This Is The End My Friends: Black Sabbath Live in Kansas City, MO 02/17/2016

There’s something to be said about a band that can pull together a ginormous crowd in Kansas City on a Wednesday night – 46 years after they literally re-invented popular music. Black Sabbath brought their signature riffing and catchy-yet-dissonant songwriting to the Sprint Center and a large crowd of headbangers, young and old, sang every […]

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Massive Cauldron of Chaos: 1349 Live in Kansas City, MO 1/21/2016

From the frozen depths of Norway, veteran black metal group 1349 made a triumphant return to the similarly snow-covered Kansas City on Thursday night and brought as much Satanic riffing and blasphemous blastbeats as they could. Formed in 1997, 1349 has been pretty much a mainstay in the black metal scene since the release of […]

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March To The Sea: Baroness Live in Lawrence, KS 12/2/15

With three (soon to be four) critically acclaimed albums, countless headlining and support slots on tours with everyone from Metallica and Mastodon to Clutch and Opeth, Baroness is easily one of the frontrunners for the face of American heavy metal in the 21st century. In the run-up to the release of their 4th album Purple, […]

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A Shrine To Madness: The Black Dahlia Murder Live in Lawrence, KS 11/29/15

When the American heavy metal scene experienced a sort of renaissance in the early 2000′s, combining metalcore and groove metal, not too many quality groups managed to make names for themselves. However, one band decided to buck the trend of their peers and focus on melodic death metal popularized by groups like At The Gates, […]

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Gifts for the Earth: Deafheaven Live in Lawrence, KS 10/25/15

Is Deafheaven black metal? Ever since Deafheaven gained notoriety with 2011′s “Roads To Judah” and enormous infamy with 2013′s “Sunbather”, they’ve been at the center of almost every major publication’s “best of” list for almost 5 straight years. The group released their third album, “New Bermuda,” this year and have proved they are anything but […]

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Come Together As One: Ghost Live in Lawrence, KS 10/05/15

For about the past five years, no recent heavy metal band has had more crossover mainstream appeal and more dissent among fans than Sweden’s occult outfit Ghost. Formed in 2008, Ghost has experienced a massive boost in popularity partly due to the now-dead phase of occult rock/metal the genre went through (which they partly kickstarted) […]

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Sentenced To Life: Black Breath live in Lawrence, KS 07/13/15

Southern Lord, the music label responsible for crushing doom and sludged-out drone metal, started signing a plethora of quality hardcore bands a few years ago. Seemingly out of the blue, but the results have been nothing but fantastic. Easily the best pickup of the label in this time has been Seattle’s Black Breath. With their […]

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Bummer’s “Spank” set to tear your head in half

You can’t fake heavy. It’s more than just distorted guitars, harsh vocals and immense volume – it’s an indefinable quality that, to put it simply, you either have or you don’t. For Olathe’s Bummer on their new EP “Spank,” heavy is never in short supply. Opening track “Estocado” has all the heaviness of a Fu […]

Train From Kansas City: Ghost Mice @ The Buffalo Room 6/3/15

When I heard Ghost Mice were playing The Wesport Flea Market, I assumed there was some sort of mix up, and were probably playing The Westport Saloon or some other Westport dive more commonly associated with DIY acoustic shows. Shame on me; The Buffalo Room is an all ages venue attached to the eastern most […]

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